Barry P. Avner

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A method of culturing canine tracheal smooth muscle cells in vitro is described. The morphology of these cells is monitored up to 60 days in culture and selected stages are illustrated. The characteristics of these cells are numerous mechanical attachments, the presence of thick filaments in suitably processed cells, and their contractile response to in(More)
The purpose of this work was to create antibodies that are highly specific to epitopes on the surface of patient tumor cells that, when added together as a "cocktail," bind to greater than 99% of the patient's tumor cells. We describe the rationale and the methods used to develop new murine hybridomas that secrete monoclonal antibodies reactive with surface(More)
The muscle-tendon junctions of the extensor carpi radialis longus and brevis muscles from adult Balb C Bailey/J mice have been examined tensiometrically and ultrastructurally following removal of cellular membrane and soluble cytoplasm by exposure to nonionic detergent. As judged by the ability of the extracted muscle to generate tension upon exposure to(More)
When tracheas were isolated from rats pretreated with isoproterenol (ISO) or terbutaline, they were found to be considerably less sensitive to the relaxant action of ISO than tracheas which were isolated from saline-pretreated rats. The dissociation constant (Kb) for the propranolol-beta receptor complex was determined to be up to 400-fold larger in the(More)
Chemosensitivity testing in vitro of breast cancer has been difficult because of small tumour volume, an even smaller yield of viable cells after disaggregation, and the low evaluability rate and sensitivity of current assays. We have employed an alternative approach that quantitates intracellular adenosine triphosphate (ATP) as a measure of cell viability.(More)
Twenty-three patients with disseminated refractory malignancies each received a tailored combination of adriamycin-conjugated murine monoclonal antibodies. Tumors were typed using a panel of antibodies. Cocktails of up to six antibodies were selected based on binding greater than 80% of the malignant cells as tested by immunoperoxidase and flow cytometry.(More)
Isolated rat tracheal smooth muscle became considerably less sensitive to the relaxing action of isoproterenol after being incubated with 5 x 10(-6) M isoproterenol for 30 minutes. Pretreatment of the tissue with propranolol, but not with methylprednisolone, clearly reduced the isoproterenol-induced desensitization. This suggested that propranolol by(More)
The effects of prostacyclin (PGI2) and indomethacin on isolated neonatal lamb mesenteric and renal artery responses to electrical stimulation and injected norepinephrine were investigated. PGI2 (1 micro M) decreased baseline tension and significantly reduced vasoconstrictor responses to electrical stimulation and norepinephrine. Indomethacin raised baseline(More)
A panel of 14 monoclonal antibodies (MoAbs) (4 raised against breast cancer, 6 against colon cancer and 4 against melanoma) were used to phenotype frozen sections of tumor biopsies obtained from 110 patients, by avidin-biotin-peroxidase complex techniques. We observed heterogeneity of antigen expression among the multiple metastatic lesions of single(More)